Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Snowshoeing Mt. Rainier National Park

Went up to Seattle after Christmas to test out my new snowshoes on Mt Rainier. Got hit with a big batch of snow when I arrived, so not too many views of the mountain, but fun nonetheless.

Near Paradise, Mt. Rainier National Park

Heavy snow moving in.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Camping at Kentucky's Red River Gorge

Spent the weekend camping at the Red River Gorge Area in Kentucky's Daniel Boone National Forest.

The weather beat us up a bit. The first day we had temperatures just above freezing and steady (at times heavy) rain for most of the night. The following morning the snow and ice came with temperatures dropping into the 20s and below. Either weather would have been fine by itself, but an extremely wet transition to freezing temperatures made for a bit of discomfort.

The drive back to St. Louis was quite an adventure in itself. Crazy snow and ice storm with heavy winds left the highways difficult to travel. We tallied at least 26 cars off the side of the road... once we started counting.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Castlewood 8-Hour Adventure Race

Participated in the Castlewood 8-Hour Adventure Race, this year racing in the 4-person co-ed division instead of the usual 2-person male division. Ran as a sub in the team Epic Machinery (Brian Hey, Al Beers and Vanessa McKenzie). Finished a little better than mid-pack. 7th place out of 18 teams in 7h:39m - (28nd out of 82 overall).